Uganda stresses strength of ePassport data


Ugandan officials have said the new EAC e-Passport is complete and has all the essential data for travel - contrary to media reports that it lacks vital information for facilitating secure travel.

In local media, they said the chip of the new Uganda EAC e-Passport is complete and no further information is expected to be written on it once it is personalised and delivered to the applicant, reported The Monitor.

Currently, applicants for the new Uganda EAC Passport are required to fill a necessary form for application of a passport and among other things, attach the National Identification Card, which has their National Identification Numbers (NIN). The NIN is then used by the ministry to get access to the biometrics of the applicant of the passport, which information is written on the chip. The National Identification and Registration Authority (Nira), has provided the scanners to verify the authenticity of the National Identification Cards.

The new Uganda EAC e-Passport is compliant to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) recommended specification which specifies in its document 9303, that an e-Passport must have special biometric features, which specifically identify the passport for purposes of enhancing the security during travel. 

ICAO has already written to the Ministry of Internal Affairs confirming to us that our new Uganda EAC e-Passport goes beyond the minimum standards for electronic travel documents. 


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